You will probably not believe this but it’s summer! Actual Summer. Like every self-respecting Canadian, 75% of my closet is summer clothes that I can only wear approximatively 3 weeks out of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I love snow. But there’s a very particular type of crazy that takes over the country whenever we get more than 4 hours of sunshine in a row. We all go into vacation mode.
Sadly, despite the way I act, think, look and eat, I am not a child. Also, Ice Cream is a perfectly valid breakfast. So, I don’t have a couple of months to travel and bum around to my heart’s content. I do take some vicarious vacations through these amines that make me want to book a plane ticket every time I see a screen cap!
5 Lu Over the Wall
A fairly little known movie, I saw Lu Over The Wall at last years Fantasia Film Festival and I was transported to a sleepy island ton full of wonder. The small town feel with those mom and pop establishments where restaurants are basically someone’s kitchen and hotels are someone else’s spare bedroom, instantly relaxes me. As much as we work like crazy to afford modern conveniences, we seem to go out of our way to avoid them when we go on vacation.
Aside from the simple and relaxing look of the town, it’s really the endless beautiful see that captured my imagination. Is there anything more liberating than the wide open water that seems to go on forever. I think I left that movie theater with a tan!
4. Your Name
You’re going to see a pattern here. I actually prefer big cities and luxury hotels. Or at least I use to. Now, as long as I can get WiFi and bring my dog, I’m not that worried about the rest, and as such I seem to be longing for quieter vistas full of nature and fresh air.
Your name has some beautiful views. Before the unfortunate meteor thing… The mix of traditional Japanese ceremonies and buildings with slightly more modern commodities was the perfect blend of rustic and comfortable. Also, sake making ceremony. Just sayin…
3. the Flying Witch
I’m not a person who feels the need to relax. This is entirely on me, but I’m not all that clear on the difference between relaxing and boring. This probably has to do with my lack of serious and refusal to get stressed. This said, shows that are primarily “relaxing” are not my cup of tea, which is why I wasn’t all that taken by the Flying Witch.
This said, despite not finding the show that interesting a watch, it really seemed like a great life. Everyone in that town is so nice and the place is downright gorgeous. Both the actual depictions of Hirosaki, so beautiful that I wondered if the tourism board had funded the anime, and the café Taisho Western House (tied with the Time of Eve for place I want to spend every Wednesday afternoon) had me longing for a change of scenery. I would not only gladly spend a few months there, I would in fact move there anytime… then probably complain that I miss the big city….
2. The Eccentric Family
I think I just like Kyoto. A lot. I really should go. I also like temples. Maybe it’s because I loved the show so much but I was mesmerized by Kyoto in the eccentric family. The beautiful banks of the river Kamo. Calming temples peppering the scenery. Warm little bars to wet your whistle and private little restaurants serving obscure delicacies. That brightly decorated shopping plaza. I wanted to be there badly.
It also seems that the majority of the town is dedicated to brewing alcohol which is not a bad thing.
There are a few towns around the world that I’m attracted to. I will go back to Prague at the drop of a hat. Lomé has surprisingly delicious Italian restaurants. Montreal has my heart. After watching the Eccentric Family, I realized that Kyoto and not Tokyo is really where I want to visit.
Tsuritama is a vacation in anime form. Once again, the stunning views are surrounded by water on all sides. Enoshima island looked like a dream. Awash in bright colors and stunning views, I couldn’t get enough of the backgrounds in this show.
Really, Tsuritama doesn’t get enough recognition. It’s a gorgeous series. and a fun surreal trip. This said, for the few days when I was immersed in it, I felt all my worries melt away on those pristine beaches and endless sunny afternoons.
Are you still here? Did you tab out to plan your next getaway? Can we go together? Are there any particular series that make you want to pack your bags and book a hotel room?